Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and telemedicine: Who’s paying what for a virtual visit?

By JEANNE PINDER and BEN GLICKMAN Telemedicine has boomed during the Covid-19 as an alternative to in-person visits. Doctors and patients alike are finding that the virtual visit — previously often described as a pale imitation of the actual in-person office visit — is a fine way to do health care in the middle of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why is CVS delivering results after 13 days?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: Why is CVS delivering results after 13 days?

We have been following coronavirus (Covid-19) testing since the beginning of the pandemic. One of the constant problems has been that people can’t seem to get tested — or when they do get a test, the results don’t come back quickly. That means that anything like treatment decisions or contact tracing are difficult if not […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young medical professionals: How the pandemic affects the start of a medical career

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young medical professionals: How the pandemic affects the start of a medical career

The Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely hard on everyone in the medical field. Experienced  professionals have their hands more than full with sudden patient deaths, hospital overflows and supply shortages, but it’s also been very hard on nursing students, residents, fellows and recent graduates just entering the field, who have been forced to alter the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and cancer: For cancer patients, pandemic brings new hurdles in and out of treatment

When the pandemic began in March, Tori Geib was finally stable, or so she thought. She had undergone the same chemotherapy treatment — her ninth course since her diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer in 2016 — for nearly a year. In April, she received the results from a scan: Her cancer had progressed to her […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Foster Care: How Has the Virus Changed the System?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Foster Care: How Has the Virus Changed the System?

The pandemic has upended life as we know it for everyone – but nowhere have the impacts been felt more than on low-income Americans and communities of color. And the foster care system has been particularly vulnerable.  The Children’s Rights Organization reports that almost 690,000 children spent time in foster care in 2018; of those, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the blind: What the pandemic is like when you can’t see

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the blind: What the pandemic is like when you can’t see

George has left home only a few times since mid-March. Single, in his early 40s, he lives in New York City. For the past two decades, George has steadily lost vision and is now blind. Before the pandemic, he worked full-time as a manager in a large Brooklyn-based company, with several employees working for him. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the map: How regional differences shape the geography of the pandemic

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the map: How regional differences shape the geography of the pandemic

“As the coronavirus surges across the southern United States, Americans are once again seeing the profound effects of centuries-old regional differences in attitudes toward individual liberty, the common good, and the possibility or even desirability of competent, technocratic governance,” Colin Woodard writes for The Lewiston Sun-Journal. “Those differences -– and the abdication of federal leadership […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the restaurant: Workers policing owners, and sometimes getting fired

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the restaurant: Workers policing owners, and sometimes getting fired

Restaurant and bar workers, and big-box store workers, are taking to social media like Reddit and Twitter to announce that their workplaces may not be safe for patrons because they have not been honest and pro-active about dealing with cases of Covid-19. This happened on Twitter: A Houston bartender, tweeting as @theroyalbadness (Liquor Bae Bev), […]

How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

How much does Medicare cost? Well, it depends.

So I recently went on Medicare, and wanted to put down some thoughts in case they are of assistance to anyone else. I suggest that anyone who’s doing this consider their own specific circumstances very carefully; I am not a licensed insurance broker, and I am not making recommendations here — rather, I am telling […]